Janis Krause Acupuncture

What is Cupping Massage?

Cupping is much like receiving a deep massage

Cupping massage is an ancient method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine where specialized glass cups are placed on the skin over acupuncture points and meridians for a few minutes.  These cups stay in place with suction created by applying heat to the cup (fire cupping).  Usually, a number of suction cups are applied to the patient's skin for several minutes and then are removed, or for sliding cups, oil can be applied to the skin and the cup is moved along the muscle or meridian in a massage like fashion.

Cupping provides relief from muscle aches and pains such as back and neck pain or stiff muscles and will help to restore your mobility and comfort.  Traditionally, cupping was used for cough, asthma, arthritis, TB and to help manage acute and chronic pain.  Patients report feeling more relaxed afterwards and yet, the benefits can go much deeper then muscles, it can improve your circulation, soften tight muscles, boost your immune system and stimulate better energy flow.

Cupping is much like receiving a deep massage with sensations such as tightness and pressure.  The side effects of cupping are fairly mild with slight discomfort and tenderness and for some, bruising which will fade after 3 - 5 days.  Essential oils or a Chinese muscle liniment may be applied after your cupping session.  Please let us know if you have any allergies.  You may stretch and bath normally, but keep the cupped area out of the sunlight until all marks have faded away.

Indications for Cupping:

Tight or stiff muscles

Trigger points / muscle knots

Poor lymph or blood circulation

Scar tissue

Cupping is frequently used for:

Sciatica and Back Pain

Headaches and Neck Pain

Chronic and Acute Muscle Pain

Plantar Fasciitis

Bronchial complaints such as Asthma, Cough, Shortness of Breath



If you would like cupping added to your appointment book for a 45 or 60 minute appointment.